My Chains Are Gone

There is a fabulous version of Amazing Grace that adds new lyrics, folded in with some of the old. I have to say, that it moves me incredibly. In this, Holy Week, I am increasingly cognizant of the fact that our chains were broken by Jesus’ sacrifice. It is true that our chains and burdens weigh us down. but when we put those chains back in His hands, He breaks the hold those chains have upon us. Those chains are replaced by chains of love that connect us in the best ways possible. Cardinal Newman wrote “I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons”. That is so true. We are links that can clasp each other and keep us from troubled water. Or we can weigh each other down.

Obviously we are meant to uplift each other. I must try to always keep in mind that I can be a link and connect people to each other. That means in my family, in my circle of friends, and in my community. God connects me to Himself and to many others. It is fascinating to me to see all the connections that overlap each other and connect us in countless ways. Maybe I have a special appreciation for that because I have moved so many times. As a result, I have an unquenchable thirst to find the connections and commonalities between people at unexpected times and in unexpected ways.

This week I have been bogged down in taxes. It weighs me down. But today, this day, I ache for the joy of Easter. I want the chains that weigh me down (Money concerns, taxes, all that mundane stuff) to be obliterated! I offer you the lyrics of the song~and then embed a video of it. God bless your day!

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing graceThe Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine


About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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8 Responses to My Chains Are Gone

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    Oh Yes Yes Yes–I am so thankful for His Grace which is truly amazing!! Celebrating the lovely connections with you, Kate! God bless you Big.

  2. I think you would love another old hymn I love: “And, Can it Be”. Do you know that one? It’s worth looking up.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I looked up the lyrics at your suggestion. You are right, I do love it~and can easily see why you do, too! I will wander through Youtube and have a listen as well.

  3. fiztrainer says:

    I love this song and I believe Chris Tomlin added that extra tag to the song. Beautiful. You’re so right too. It seems so difficult to find those connections in this day and age. But, when we seek them, they are there. People are hungering for connection. πŸ˜€

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I believe you are right about Chris Tomlin. You are absolutely right~the more mobile we become as a society the more we hunger for connections….the need/desire for community is hardwired into us.

  4. fgassette says:

    Love this song as well. Glad your chains are gone. HAPPY EASTER!


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